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2014 VRC Derby – complete betting guide

#1/ Sportsbet.com.au

One of Australia’s best bookmakers, Sportsbet is a great avenue for betting on horse racing and they are the industry leaders in this market. They are the quickest to get their odds released and you can already bet on the VRC Derby with great odds available. Not only do they offer some of the best fixed odds prices, they also offer ‘in-play’ betting which means you can bet on a horse during the race. Punters can watch the race and assess how their horse is going in the run – they can then adjust their bet accordingly and back other horses that are in better positions. You can also bet on an option that allows you to bet against the favourite and this is a popular draw card for overseas bettors.

Sportsbet has an app for its customers to use on their iPhone with easy access to over 1000+ markets including the Caulfield Cup and other spring carnival races. This app is available on iPhone 4, 4s and iPhone 5. It’s an easy way to deposit and withdraw on the go and punters can keep track of live odds from anywhere in Australia. Sportsbet run a 24 hour customer service help line where punters can either call or email the friendly team.

#2/ Centrebet.com

Centrebet offer the unique option of fixed price betting where bettors can select a futures quinella for the major carnival races. This type of betting option is not only exciting for the punter, but the odds available are better than you would get on the day of the VRC Derby. They don’t yet have a market for the VRC Derby but one will be released when nominations are announced. Centrebet’s new website features a full form guide, scratching service and also a live broadcast of racing events.

Centrebet offer new punters a free $200 bet when they sign up and that is the best of our four recommended bookmakers. They also have app’s for iOS and android users so placing a bet on the move has never been easier. They have a wide variety of betting options but for horse racing just go to their designated racing page to find all the info you will ever need.

#3/ Sportingbet.com.au

Sportingbet have vastly improved their website and especially their horse racing section which is now one of the best to navigate through. They already have a small market for the VRC Derby and you can bet nice and early to snap up that all important value on offer. Sportingbet are generous in that they offer punters their money back if their futures bet doesn’t start in the race. At other offshore websites, a futures bet that doesn’t start the race is considered a loss.

Betting on Spring Carnival races is another added bonus from the Sportingbet team as they give punters an extra 5% tote price on all runners. That can be the difference between making a loss or a profit and it’s always wise to get the best possible value. Sportingbet have developed a new app for tablets and smart phones which can be used on horse racing, so sign up now for a free $150 bet to place on any race or sport.

2014 VRC Derby field and odds

The market is constantly being updated so check back in later at Sportsbet.com.au for the full market.

*Pre-nominations – information subject to change

Chivalry – $11
Brazen Beau – $11
Bachman – $11
Zululand – $13
Pressing – $13
Bomber Brown – $17
Jabali – $17
Awesome Rock – $17
Kumaon – $17
Ghibellines – $21
Cornrow – $26
Scratch Me Lucky – $51

Best Australian Derby horses to bet on

Brazen Beau @$11 – The Chris Waller-trained colt is twice a winner and he finished second in the Group One J.J. Atkins Stakes at Eagle Farm. The well-bred colt by I Am Invincible won on debut by beating the talented Hampton Court and he has since won the Group Two Bollinger Classic at Doomben before running second in the BRC Sires Produce, also at Doomben. It looks as though the 2500 metre distance would suit him perfectly and he’s one to watch in the spring.

Zuluand @$13 – This David Hayes-trained colt has eyed the VRC Derby since he began racing and you won’t get better than $13 on the day, so get in now. The good looking black colt has won only once in five starts but the win came in the Group Two Sires Produce at Flemington where the extra distance worked perfectly for him. He stepped up to 1600 metres in the Champagne Stakes and he ran a cracking race for second behind Go Indy Go. If he starts and we get the indication he will, he is at great odds currently and they will only decrease.

Pressing @$13 – The two-year-old colt has already won both starts in Melbourne and his run for fourth in the J.J. Atkins was that of a horse seeking more distance. Trained by Mick Price, the son of Sebring has plenty of upside and a relatively short two-year-old campaign. This will keep him fresh for the new season where he will likely work his way towards the Derby and he isn’t without a chance of lining up.

Cornrow @$26 – The best maidener running in Australia, Cornrow can’t seem to find a win but all of his races have come against the very best we have. Apart from his maiden run where he finished third, the Mick Price-trained runner has run in three Group One’s, one Group Two and a Group Three. His biggest asset is his ability to run home well and he’s never been tried over anything longer than 1400 metres. He looks to be a dead-set distance horse and the Derby could be his calling.

Best roughie chances

Scratch Me Lucky @$51 – This Paul Perry-trained colt is the most experience of the nominated market so far and he hasn’t really put a foot wrong in all nine career starts to date. The son of Snitzel has had nine starts for one win and three placings, including a second placing in the Group One Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick. He ran fourth in the Champagne Stakes but the conditions weren’t to suit. If there is rain around come November, then this colt could be a great rougie chance at huge odds.

Bomber Brown @$17 – Not the longest odds currently but he will likely drift out in price once a few more nominations come in. The David Payne-trained gelding is out of an American sire Big Brown and he showed his staying potential with a win over 1800 metres last time to the races. It looks as though he will appreciate the distance rise and he should be watched carefully.

VRC Derby race details and history

VRC DerbyWhat: VRC Derby, Group One over 2500 metres.
Purse: $1.5 million with $10,000 trophy.
When: November 1, 2014.
Where: Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria.

The Victorian Derby is usually held on the first day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival. In 2014 it will be held on the 1st of November and kick off the carnival in fine style. It is a Group One race solely for three-year-old’s and it’s raced over the extreme staying distance of 2500 metres. Flemington plays host to the race which has kick started the careers of many of Australia’s best race horses. These include Efficient who won in 2006 for owner Lloyd Williams, kicking off a stellar Melbourne Cup based career.

Champion Australian three-year-old Elvstroem was a winner back in 2003 with Damien Oliver aboard and he went on to have a successful stallion career. Also top sires to win the Derby were Blackfriars in 1999 and Grosvenor all the way back in 1982. Australian champion Dulcify won the Derby in 1978 and the world’s best ever race horse Phar Lap won it back in 1929.

An interesting fact is that the first ever running was in 1883 when a New Zealand-bred horse Martini Henry won at his first start! An achievement, due to race restrictions, we’ll never see again.

2013 VRC Derby result

1st – Polanski: Win – $5.20, Place – $2
2nd – Complacent: $2.60
3rd – Thunder Fantasy: $9.70

For Australiangambling.com.au’s comprehensive guide to betting on horse racing and other Melbourne Spring Carnival races, click here.